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Planning Without Pressure for Special Needs Teens

by Jane Wangersky August 28th, 2015| Special Needs, Teens
Before you know it, your teen’s new school year will be in full swing and it will be time to review their Individualized Education Program (IEP) with the school staff. If you live in the U.S., there’s a legal requirement that starts the year your child turns 16: The
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Summer With Your Special Needs Teen

by Jane Wangersky July 31st, 2015| Special Needs, Teens
It’s hard enough trying to help a teen have a good summer, but when your teen is special needs, you may feel you don’t have even the options that parents of typical teens have. Your son or daughter may not have many friends, enjoy sports or other popular summer
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Special Needs Teens and the Police: Being Prepared

by Jane Wangersky July 3rd, 2015| Special Needs, Teens
Recently a disturbing story about a middle school student with autism made the news -- an 11-year-old boy ended up with a felony on his record after pushing a police officer who was trying to take him to his principal’s office. If that can happen to a pre-teen, parents
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Special Schools for Special Needs Teens?

by Jane Wangersky June 5th, 2015| Special Needs, Teens
“Does he go to a special school?”

I would occasionally get that question about my son, the one who’s “on the spectrum” -- the autism spectrum. While he was elementary age, I thought people who asked it were uninformed, to put it politely. Everyone knew that special needs students were